German maximal electro wunderkid Alex Ridha (aka Boys Noize) chatted to Skrufff this week about his upcoming debut album Oi Oi Oi and launched an outspoken attack on both new rave and minimal music.
I think Berlin needs more minimal, minimal is great, he chuckled sarcastically, Its not really my thing but its getting more and more boring all the time because everyone is copying each other. And every second student gets software on his Mac for free then produces some tracks and thinks theyve made some so cool minimal, he complained, But they havent.
The prolific, workaholic producer made his name with massively popular high energy remixes of the likes of Depeche Mode, Bloc Party, Kaiser Chiefs and Tiga and Para One and admitted he rarely crosses paths with his minimal Berlin contemporaries outside record shops.
Tiefschwarz and I know each other and I just met Richie Hawtin at a festival for the first time recently and shook his hand, said Alex, I was actually a big fan of Richies for years and was following his productions for a long time but right now I think minimal is totally boring and lame. I dont think hed play my music now at all, maybe he would have done ten years ago but not now I dont thinks so, he mused, We all know what he plays.
He was equally blunt when asked about new rave, a genre he dismissed in a myspace blog last month with the headline F**k off, new rave.
I think new rave is just another word for electroclash, he suggested, The music has always been there its just been built up again by the NME and the media. I also think the Klaxons are just a normal indie band, theyre not a rave band.
Ive had lots of requests for remixes from indie bands which Ive turned down because I thought it was too much. I did remixes for indie bands in the past, sure, but as it gets more and more common it bores me. Clubland needs more real quality techno again, he suggested.
Oi Oi Oi is out in September on Alexs own label BNR shortly.
Jonty Skrufff (Skrufff.com)